King Ahaz ruled Judah for 16 years. During that time, he fell under attack from the enemies of Judah. He had an opportunity to turn toward the Lord, but in 2 Chronicles 28:22, we are shown his true colors:
In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord—this same King Ahaz.
His trials turned him farther from the Lord. He shut the temple and built idolatrous altars throughout Judah, turning the people’s hearts away from God as well. His actions are in stark contrast to that of Jesus in the garden, who, when faced with the most excruciatingly difficult trials imaginable, bearing the very wrath of God, turned toward His Father for strength. In Luke 22:44 we read that Jesus “being in an agony he prayed more earnestly.” His darkest moments brought Him closer to, not further from, His Father.
When we turn in bitterness away from God in the midst of trials, we are turning from the only One who has the power to deliver, and once we resolve to turn, there is very little hope for us in the end. Let us remember with Job that the Lord is the One who gives and takes away, and let us bless His name, drawing ever closer to Him in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, for He is mighty to save.